New Zealand vs India 1st Day 1: Five talking points!
India ended day 1 of the first test against New Zealand at 291 for 9 at Green Park, Kanpur just finished a few minutes ago. The Indian batsmen looked good for a big score but the New Zealand bowlers made an excellent comeback and picked important wickets in the third session. Here we look at five turning points of day 1.
- Steady opening partnership
India won the toss and elected to bat. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay opened the batting for India. Murali Vijay looked solid with his technique while KL Rahul attacked the New Zealand bowlers with wonderful strokes. KL Rahul looked severe on the bad balls and made sure that he scored on every scoring chance. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay put on 42 runs out of which 32 runs were scored by KL Rahul. Rahul was dismissed by Mitchell Santer.
- Good partnership between Pujara and Murali Vijay
After the fall of KL Rahul wicket, Pujara and Murali Vijay looked at ease scoring on every loose ball. At lunch, both steadied the innings and were 100 for 1. After the lunch break, Pujara and Murali Vijay continued to score runs. Both of them completed half-centuries and put on 112 runs. Their defense technique was solid. Pujara was dismissed for 65 by Mitchell Santer.
- Middle order collapse
After being 154 for 1, the Indian team lost 3 quick wickets in quick succession. Pujara who was looking set was dismissed for 62. The Indian team captain Kohli could not score much as he contributed only 9 runs before being dismissed by Wagner. Murali Vijay who looked set was dismissed for 65. From 154 for 1, India had slipped to 185 for 4. The New Zealand bowlers made an excellent comeback in the second session to break the backbone of Indian batting line up.
- Good steady partnership between Ashwin and Rohit Sharma
After the loss of Rahane wicket at the score of 209 runs, Ashwin and Rohit Sharma steadied the Indian innings with some wonderful strokes of spinners. Ashwin looked solid with defensive technique and played the New Zealand bowlers with ease. Rohit Sharma also looked comfortable as he played wonderful strokes which put pressure on the New Zealand bowlers. Both of them put on 52 runs for the sixth wicket before Rohit Sharma played a poor stroke.
- Trent Boult and Mitchell Santer the pick of bowlers for New Zealand
Mitchell Santer and Trent Boult were the picks of the bowlers for New Zealand on the first day. Santer bowled a consistent line and length. He picked the wickets of Pujara, KL Rahul. With the new ball, Santer picked the wicket of Rohit Sharma. The New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult bowled with great control and picked 3 important wickets of Ashwin, Saha, and well settled Ashwin. Both of them picked 3 wickets each and made sure that New Zealand bowlers did not allow Indian batsmen to score runs with ease.
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